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I am reviewing a moisturising bath melt called Floating Island which is by Lush. The bath melt is filled with the exotic fragrance of sandalwood to help you relax and drift away transporting you to a happy place. Sandalwood is used as an anti-depressant in aromatherapy, and it also works well on dry and mature skin to help retain moisture. The featured ingredient in the product is Sandalwood oil which is used for its reassuring warms and woody aroma that also protects and clarifies the skin. The oil is an astringent and antiseptic and as an emollient it helps to sooth and softens the skin. It''s also used in aromatherapy to lift the mood, and has a fresh, woody aroma. I purchased Floating island from my local Lush store so it was put into a small paper bag but if you order it from the Lush website it will come sealed in a clear plastic bag with a label on the front stating what the product is and what the ingredients are. Floating island is a round shaped but has a slight scalloped edge to it. It''s quite tall and feels quite weighty. It''s white in colour and you can smell the scent of sandalwood, which I think is the most obvious smell. As the bath melt is quite big I wasn''t really sure how long it would take for the bath melt to dissolve in the bath once it had been dropped in there.
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= = = = = = = = = = USING THE PRODUCT = = = = = = = = = = To use the product simply drop it into a bath of warm water and relax as it melts releasing cocoa butter and sandalwood into the water to smooth, soften and soothe your skin. After I had run my bath I dropped the bath melt into the water. The melt seemed to bob about on the top of the water a little and I could see it fizzing away slowly. As it did this the water started to turn a slightly milky colour. I left the bath melt to fizz around in the bath for a good few minutes. When returning back to the bathroom approximately 3-5mins later the water was now a lightly milky colour and the remaining bath melt was at the bottom of the bath. There wasn''t a huge amount of the bath melt left, probably the amount of a cube of sugar. As soon as I walked into the bathroom I could smell a sandalwood scent which I thought smelt quite nice. The scent reminded me a little of the Buffy bar that you get from Lush. I got into the bath and lay back and relaxed for a good few minutes. The water felt soft and slightly oily against my skin but it felt luxurious. After having a good wash with a shower product I relaxed in the bath a little longer. The scent of the sandalwood remained a good strength during my time in the bath. I got out of the bath and patted my skin dry with a nice fluffy towel. My skin felt soft and smooth and it felt as though it had a very slight residue on it, which was slightly oily although this wasn''t too much and it didn''t really feel greasy which was good. This made my skin feel and look really smooth and soft. I was going to be applying a moisturiser so this would make it even softer than it felt now. I sprayed some bathroom cleaner in the bath and gave it a rinse as this bath melt can make it a little slippery from the oil film that the product leaves on the water. The product didn''t irritate my slightly dry skin which is sometimes very sensitive to some products.
= = = = = = = = = OVERALL OPINION = = = = = = = = = I have been using a lot of lush products recently and still have a few to use, so apologies for all the Lush reviews you might get bombarded with over the next few weeks. I have used one of the bath melts from Lush before and I loved it so this is why I thought I would give this one a try. The bath melt itself looks quite nice and I liked the gentle scent of the sandalwood which wasn''t too strong or overpowering. When placing the bath melt into the bath of hot water, it gently fizzed away softening the water and creating a slightly oily film on the top which they claim will stick to your skin leaving it smooth and soft. You could probably get into the bath whilst the melt fizzes gently around you but I wanted to wait until the majority of it had gone. The bath melt made the water feel really soft against my skin and I found the scent of sandalwood nice and relaxing. The product definitely made my skin feel smooth and soft and it left a nice hint of sandalwood on my skin; although it wouldn''t last because I was going to apply moisturiser anyway. It is important that you rinse the bath down afterwards as it can be a little slippery from the oil residue from the bath melt. In terms of value the product seems a little pricey but it was nice to use and I found it really relaxing. As the product is quite pricey I would purchase it again but only as a treat or when I am having a pamper night. If you are looking for a product that moisturises your skin and relaxes you at the same time then this one is perfect.
Lush Floating Island Bath Melt
WHAT LUSH SAY
"Ride the tide to skin softening surf to arrive at your very own floating island."
WHAT IS THIS BATH MELT?
These are a mix between a bath ballistic and bath melt so it has some fizz but is mainly full of great scents and butters and oils. It isn't the prettiest of Lush's bath products by a long way; it looks like a flat cake that hasn't risen in the oven and is a creamy white colour with little, tiny flecks of other colours through it. It is the same shape as the Melting Marshmallow Moment melt but that is a pretty pink colour where this is a basic cream.
ME AND BATH MELTS
I have tried most of Lush's bath melts and personally I prefer them to bath ballistics as they make my bath a gorgeous, warm, moisturizing scented luxury. The ballistics make the water nice and soft and scented but that is about it. These melts make a lovely skin moisturizing bath and this one is one of my favourites as I love sandalwood; it is such an evocative scent. Lush rightly describe this as a 'floating sandalwood and lemon luxury'.
TE STORY BEHIND ITS CREATION
This is not really that exciting this time but apparently one of the inventors of Lush products was 'experimenting and wondering what would happen if you put a ballistic and bath melt mix together. Her first attempts escaped the pot and fizzed across the room - but we've perfected it now into a blend that is great for dry skin and foams lightly in your bath.'
This is Vegan friendly and preservative free and contains only reliable safe sandalwood and not from any endangered sandalwood trees. It doesn't in fact contain any unpleasant ingredients at all. It is full of cocoa butter, almond oil, sandalwood oil, lemon oil, citric acid and labdanum resinoid are the main ingredients in this so good stuff.
As I take my rather simple looking flattened cake out of its bag I can smell the sandalwood and the lemon. It does look like the sort of child like attempt at a cake out of playdough but it smells lovely. Sandalwood shouts 'India' to me; it reminds me of the shops with sandalwood carved souvenirs which smell woody, sweet and musky all at the same time.
FLOATING WITH MY ISLAND
I find with bath melts that I get the best results from filling my bath with hot water first as I always do. I then turn off the water and put in the amount of bath melt I want to use. In this case I had chopped my island in half as they are quite expensive at £3.85 for 100g of bath melt and there was no way I was using a whole one in one bath. The bath melt begins to fizz and melt as the water is hot. As it melts the aroma rises up and I can really smell the lemony sandalwood musky woody notes. I like to watch the bath melt dissolving and then add enough cold to make the bath the right temperature for me to get in with my island.
The best thing apart from the lovely evocative scent is the lovely soft creamy feeling bath water. It feels silky soft and I just lie back and relax and enjoy the luxury. I was quite surprised that the slight layer of fizz sat on top if the water as it doesn't usually with a bath melt but the mix of butters and the fizz must create that. It is nowhere like bubbles from a bubble bar but more than you get from a ballistic. On the surface of my bath water was a layer of the creamy buttery oils and I like to swish this over me as I lie in the bath so that all of me gets the benefit of these lovely scented oils.
I usually take the opportunity when having one of these relaxing baths to also put on a face mask and some eye pads and really chill out. I fill the bath quite full so that most of me is covered in the water but I do swill the warm water over me to keep me warm. There is no point in a relaxing bath if you end up getting out and feeling cold.
AFTER FLOATING ARRIVING BACK ON SHORE
I have to be careful when I have a hot bath not to get up too quickly so I sit up first then stand and dry myself off. My skin feels soft and not tight at all as the oils have soaked into my open pores and plumped them up. I also have to rinse off my face pack and deal with my face, tone and moisturize but after using this body need no moisturizing.
I felt truly relaxed and very mellow after my bath and my husband then used the same bath water as he follows me in our evening bath. He too said how relaxed he felt and like the smell too.
I do find when using these bath melts that I have a very greasy bath afterwards and the next morning I have the job of thoroughly cleaning my bath which is not quite such fun. Because of all the oils and butters I use a bath cleaner and sponge and do a really thorough job rather than just swilling it around as I do sometimes for bath ballistic left overs.
I love this bath melt and wish it was not quite so expensive. Sandalwood is expensive so not really surprising really and cocoa butter is also not cheap as I have discovered when buying to make my own bath melts. I am still learning about making these little treats but have been quite successful so far and I think maybe sandalwood might be might next essential oil purchase.
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I recently spent a week at home with my parents, and unfortunately a disaster occurred - I ran out of bathing products! Fortunately I was about to pop to Newcastle with my mam, and managed to convince her to pop into the Lush store in Eldon Square for the short time it would take to purchase something for my evening bath. As I was on holiday, I decided to splash out on something luxurious, and as I had never tried the Floating Island bath melt, decided to give it a go.
Bath melts are the most luxurious of Lush's bathing products. They don't fizz like ballistics or make bubbles like bubble bars: they just dissolve gently in the water, releasing moisturising ingredients and scented essential oils. They are usually the most expensive bath products, and the Floating Island melt is no exception, costing £3.75.
In appearance, Floating Island resembles a cupcake, being circular with ridges pressed into the side. It is the same shape as the Melting Marshmallow Moment melt, but isn't girly-sweet like that one. Instead, it is a soothing white in colour, containing almond, sandalwood and lemon essential oils for a calming and sophisticated scent. The melt also contains cocoa butter, which is very good at moisturising the skin. This particular melt also contains sodium bicarbonate, which is an ingredient present in the bath ballistics and allows the melt to fizz a little while dissolving. Lush state that the sandalwood oil in the melt comes from reliable and sustainable sources - it does not come from the endangered Indian Sandalwood Tree. This policy fits in with Lush's environmental and ethical stance, and is one of the reasons why I like the company so much. The melt is also suitable for vegans.
As the name suggests, the melt is designed to make you imagine you are relaxing on a tropical island - floating away from all cares. I decided to use it on my last night at home. After running the bath, I got in and dropped the whole melt into the water. It started fizzing and dissolving immediately, and was rather soothing to watch.
The melt took ages to dissolve and added a thin layer of white foam to the bath. When it was fully dissolved, the water was a sort of cloudy hue. The water felt very soft to the touch and my skin wasn't irritated at all.
When I first smelled the melt, I thought it had a lovely sophisticated scent. The lemon and sandalwood combined to create a light scent with depth. However, in the water it didn't smell nearly as strong, unfortunately.
After my bath my skin felt soft, but I still needed to use a bit of moisturiser. I couldn't really smell the melt on my skin all that much, either.
I wasn't overly impressed with this melt, as it was very expensive and didn't moisturise my skin as much as I expected. I was also disappointed that the scent wasn't stronger. However, I did feel relaxed after using the melt and it was soothing. I might consider buying it again, but I would definitely chop it in half and use it for two baths.
I first ventured into a Lush store in 1999 but it wasn't until 2007 that I discovered the delights of the Floating Island Luxury Bath Melt.
As a lover of baths (and Lush), I tend to choose my Lush products by scent alone and Floating Island is one that does not stand out in this department. It has an extremely delicate cocoa an sandalwood aroma and as for its appearance, it is very plain in both colour and shape. As such, it is easily overlooked by all the other colourful, fragrant, flamboyant products which seem to scream 'Pick me! Pick me!'.
So how did I end up with a product that could well have been forgotten at the back of a staff room cupboard for all the consideration I gave it? Quite simply, I got it for free during one stock-up in Lush Swansea. It was coming up to its use by date so they wanted to get rid of it.
Due to my preconception of the plainness of this product, I was not expecting anything special. The smell was much stronger out of the heavily scented shop and it has fast become one of my favourites. This is not the reason why I am infatuated. I love it because no other bath bomb, bubble bar or melt from any company has given me such soft skin as this one has. No moisturiser was needed post-bath which was a first. I was silky smooth and covered in such a wonderful scent that lasted the rest of the day and the following.
This item currently (Jan'13) costs £3.85. Some may say this is too much, but for a luxury product that uses the finest fair trade ingredients which are not tested on animals at all during the whole process, it is worth every penny and I have since treated myself to several more.
I must note that this is a luxury bath melt, not a bubble bar. Do not expect bubbles or wonderful fizzing action. This product is designed to turn your water into a purely indulgent milk-type bathing experience. If Cleopatra had the choice between milk and a Floating Island, Lush would win hands down.
I have a love/hate relationship with Lush, I love their products but hate the high prices of some of them, plus hate the over zealous sales staff who pounce the second you walk through the door...but I digress....
I recently visited the Bath store and, after negotiating the 3 sales staff who accosted me, yes 3! within minutes of entering I was able to browse the bath bombs and melts which I particularly enjoy.
The Floating Island caught my eye, firstly due to the name. I am childish and sniggered for a few seconds when I first clapped eyes on it (the word floater always make giggle, long story...) Then I wondered how it might transform my bath time in a hour of pleasure filled spa type, indulgence? It cost the best part of £3 which for something designed for a single bath does seem to be something of a wanton indulgence (there's that word again) but sod it, I was on holiday and deserved a treat, or so I thought.
That evening I gave it a whirl. I didn't want to waste the entire thing on one bath so I broke a small piece off and chucked into the running water, not a lot seemed to happen so I chucked in a bit more which seemed to make the difference. I was pleased to see plenty of foam bubbling up before my eyes so I wandered off to undress whilst the rest of the bath filled.
When I returned five minutes later I was sorely disappointed to see the the bubbles had died down and all but vanished, leaving just a film of milky looking "stuff" on the surface of the water and an odd slightly sweet scent in the air. Not one to be outdone however I took to the bath to see how the water felt. Well I wasn't impressed to be honest, it felt like any other bubble or foam bath I've ever used and left a film on my skin which I had to rinse off.
Sadly the worst thing is I still have half of it left for another bath, wonder if the OH will be interested.......
After feeling like rubbish for a whole week I decided a spree in Lush was in order, of course I spent far to much and one of the products I bought was the floating island bath melt.
It cost's £3.50 for 100g.
The Lush website write is says.....
'Slow-melting, sandalwood and lemon luxury. Technically, islands don't float, but let's not split hairs. Our Floating Island is a vanilla scented melt with a touch of reviving lemon. Helen combined it with the ballistic mixture to create a fizzing bath melt that would melt very slowly in the water, allowing you to lie back and really experience the beauty of the experience.'
Hmmmm sounds great!!!
It looks like a little white cup cake and I think it also smells like one! The citrus smell isn't over powering like a lot of Lush products-it is quite a subtle little thing and neither smell (lemon or sandalwood) was that detectable, the only thing I found was that I couldn't smell the vanilla either. Overall though the smell was a nice relaxing one and they all seemed to mingle together to make a scent of something that seemed to work very well.
Upon putting it in the bath it starts fizzing slowly and creates a creamy like water with lots of bubbles because of the bath melt element it does take a while for it to dissolve not problem for me as I like my baths deep anyway. I didn't crumble mine under the running tap I just dropped it in and found that it still worked as it should.
Getting into the bath and while in it I found that it DID make my skin feel smooth and it felt like there was also a sort of film on my skin this didn't bother me as I found it nice and it showed it was doing what it was meant too.
After getting out and drying myself I did find that my skin was smoother and less bumpy. The scent lasted on my skin all evening but sadly by bedtime I could not smell it, although the smell in the bathroom lasted longer.
I will be buying this little gem again as although I couldn't make out the correct scents it was a lovely smelling bath melt and really did make my skin feel very smooth and replenished.
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Floating Island is one of Lush' luxury bath melts. These are the most expensive kind of bath treat Lush make for a simple reason - they're meant to be more luxurious!
This particular Luxury Bath Melt is shaped like a really large marshmallow and is a creamy white colour. It isn't very exciting to look at compared to a lot of the other Lush bath things - it's plain, to be honest. But, sometimes the plain looking things pack the biggest punch!
To use, you simply run a hot bath then pop it in. It will bob and swirl around the tub, turning the water silky smooth and depositing a foamy layer of oils on top (not the manky, greasy type - a really soft, lovely layer). The water ends up feeling so soft on your skin, and you can definately feel it moisturising your skin.
The scent on this one is a musky, sort of vanilla-ey scent. There is a sandalwoody scent too, but to me it mainly just smelt like vanilla. The smell isn't very strong at first, but once you put it in the bath it gets stronger. The funny thing is that even at it's strongest, it's not really overpowering but it still lingers on your skin and in the bathroom afterwards.
Once you're out of the bath and dried off, you shouldn't need to moisturise unless you have really dry skin - my skin felt really soft and lovely all night :)
I have been using Lush products for some time now as I love the store's ethical stance and the products are so luxurious and unique. On my last shopping trip I took a lot of time to examine and smell all the products on sale and at the end of the day I came away with this bath melt which the brand call the 'Floating Island'.
Lush sell their products minus all the unnecessary packaging so you can have a good sniff, feel and even test the products then pick what you products you want and pop them into a recycleable paper bag. The bath melt products in Lush are handmade so each variety can come in different shapes and sizes although each variety is the same price regardless of weight or size differences. The approximate size of the Floating Island is 3 1/2 cm deep and 6 1/2 cm diameter. It is shaped like a little pie that has been in a small dish so it's edge is fluted with a pattern. The top of the Floating Island looks like it has been pummeled with a fist!
The Floating Island is white in colour but has a slight marbling effect and has cocoa brown swirls running through it. It kind of looks like a white chocolate and caramel pudding. As far as Lush's bath melt collection goes this product is probably the most boring looking in appearance.
The reason I was attracted to the Floating Island was it's smell. Of all the bath melts I thought it had the most divine fragrance. I would describe it as a blend of vanilla, chocolate, custard, icing sugar, cream and sandalwood. It's a mellow scent that instantly relaxes me. The bath melt also has a hint of lemon in it but I find this most hard to distinguish. It's perfume is probably going to appeal to people who like cosmetic products that smell like food.
To use the bath melt you should crumble it into pieces as you are filling your bath with warm water. The texture of the product is like a patty made of baking soda and oil so it crumbles very easily. When it hits the water it fizzles and pieces drop to the bottom of the bath, sending up a fine stream of bubbles that make it look like a jacuzzi!
The bath water becomes creamy and silky and a very fine layer of bubbles is achieved. These bubbles are quite small though so if you want a more extreme bubble effect you should fluff up the water with your hand. The water turns cloudy white. You should make sure the water is quite warm to hot as putting this in water that is too cold doesn't have the same effect. The bath melt basically won't melt or smell much if the temperature of the water isn't quite warm. Even in warm water the Floating Island tends to be quite compact and fizz away slowly.
When I usually buy bath melts I am able to half them and get a couple of luxury baths out of them but with the Floating Island I had to use the whole thing. When I only used half the effect and fragrance was not strong enough. When I used the whole thing the fragrance was still quite mild. I like to be able to smell the fragrance in the steam as well as on my skin after I get dried. I could barely smell this fragrance in the air but it does leave it's beautiful aroma on your skin.
The Floating Island has a few special ingredients which help to care for your skin. These include cocoa butter and almond oil which have moisturising effects. My body did feel quite sleek after using the product and it left me feeling like I'd just had a touch of luxury in my bathtub!
The bath melt does not leave much debris - just a fine layer of powder which can easily be rinsed away.
As mentioned I think this is my favourite fragrance of all of Lush's current collection of bath melts. Apart from it's fragrance though it doesn't have many qualities that put it a step ahead of other luxury bath treatments in Lush. The Floating Island is one of the higher priced bath melts at £3.50 so I think it's important you get your money's worth. Unfortunately I did not feel this was the case since I felt compelled to use the whole bath melt at once to get an ample amount of fragrance, bubble and water silkiness. Although it has a nice effect in creating velvety soft water, leaving scent on your soft skin this can be achieved with other products from Lush and to a much greater effect and for not as much money! I'm thinking of bubble bars like The Dorothy or the Karma Bath melt. It really depends if you can resist smelling this Floating Island on your skin! If you want something dramatic at bath time this is NOT for you though. I will probably not be buying one again unless they are reduced in price to match similar products in the range.
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I love Lush's bubble bars and their bath items are my favourite treats. Bath melts are one of the more expensive bath products that Lush make, and I usually save these for a really luxurious bath every once in a while. The Floating Island bath melt is available from Lush stores on the high street, or online at www.lush.co.uk and costs £3.95 for 80g.
Lush say: "Part bath melt, part ballistic. Slow-melting, sandalwood and lemon luxury. Technically, islands don't float, but let's not split hairs. Our Floating Island is a vanilla scented melt with a touch of reviving lemon. Helen combined it with the ballistic mixture to create a fizzing bath melt that would melt very slowly in the water, allowing you to lie back and really experience the beauty of the experience."
Floating Island is quite a large sized bath melt, weighing in at 80 grams. It is fairly plain to look at, with a squat cylindrical shape and plain white colour. The ribbed edging reminds me of cupcakes and muffins! It feels quite hard and dense in comparison to some of the other softer and more waxy feeling melts.
Prior to using this melt you can get a good idea of the fragrance, it is very fresh but sweet at the same time and has a soft edge to it. To use, you simply put it into a hot bath and let it dissolve into the water. The smell is released and you get a lovely strong fragrance throughout the whole bathroom. This is a gentle smell with sweet rich vanilla and exotic essential oils. I didn't pick up any citrus scent from the lemon oil but I believe it acted to balance the sweetness of the vanilla. It smells very sophisticated and relaxing, and is perfect for an indulgent soak.
The bath melt takes a long time to break down, and by the end I decided to speed it along a little by crumbling the remains with my hands. It creates soft and wispy white foam over the surface, while the actual bath water takes on a milky opaque look. The water did not feel very oily as I was getting into the bath and I couldn't feel any immediate effects. In fact I didn't think the melt was doing very much at all until I sat up after having a soak and my arms came out of the water, then I could really feel that the melt had been softening my skin and they felt very smooth. I think it works to moisturise without feeling greasy, and because the oil wasn't clinging to my skin heavily it went unnoticed even though it was working hard!
This was a lovely treat to use in the bath, and afterwards my skin felt lovely. The cocoa butter had penetrated my skin and even after shaving I did not feel the need to use a moisturising lotion afterwards. It kept my skin feeling soft until the next day and it looked smoother and felt more hydrated. The after effects of this bath melt were very good, and it was relaxing and enjoyable to soak with in the bath. I would use it again but will save the bath melts for occasional treats as they are expensive for a one-off use item.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter, Laureth 4, Perfume, Almond Oil, Water, Sandalwood Oil, Lemon Oil, Labdanum Resinoid, *Limonene
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
This is a vegan product and Lush are against animal testing - keep your beauty cruelty free!
Floating Island is one of Lush Cosmetics bath melts. A bath melt is a little solid bar which you simply drop into your bath. It is full of fabulous oils which then disperse into the bath and leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
The current price of this product is £3.50 which I do think is fairly expensive, and obviously quite a high price for people to pay. This is why I simply use this as a treat every now and again.
***Where to Buy***
Lush stores are located throughout the UK and some other countries. To check your local store (in the UK) visit lush.co.uk. If there isn't one close to you, you can order their products online through this website too. They do ship internationally so you can try Lush products wherever you live.
Lush describes the smell as sandalwood and lemon. However, I didn't smell either of these smells. I smelt marshmallows, as well as custard creams strangely enough. Slight lemon scents hit your nose but not many. It is a very luxurious smell though, and I think it's a scent that many people would be interested in.
***What I Thought***
This bath melt is substantial enough to get up to four baths out of it. I simply cut up my bath melt with a knife into quarters and use one at a time. If I feel that the bath needs more, I'll just add in another one. Be careful when cutting your bath melt if you choose to though, and don't force the knife into it if it doesn't appear to cut.
After dropping the bath melt into the water, I watched as it twirled around, leaving a trail behind it. It took a few minutes until it had all dissolved into the water. If you look closely, you're able to see how a layer of the oils form on top of your water. I noticed this when the light reflected off it. It made my bath look super posh and luxurious...something I'm not used to!
After I lay in the bath, the smell was just really lovely, and I could feel the oils making my body feel much more relaxed, as well as quite smooth. This did remain the whole one hour throughout my bath, which shows that the product was pretty effective.
After I'd got out the bath, I felt my skin after an hour. It was really smooth and moisturised. I felt truly pampered, and not only this I felt extremely relaxed. The effectiveness of the product is superb, but I can't afford to keep paying so much money for it.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Laureth 4, Perfume, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Water (Aqua), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus ladaniferus), *Limonene}
Floating Island Bath Melt
Description: Lush Floating Island Bath Melt.
Lush create hand made cosmetic products from only natural ingredients. Not only do they never test on animals themselves but they also ensure that the only buy from suppliers who don't either. Lush also carry out load of charity work and support several campaigns, you can find more details of these on their website as well as product information (including ingredients). You can also order online and find your nearest store so it is well worth having a browse through their site.
A 100g bath melt will cost you £3.50 which is a little expensive for me. Lush do tend to be more costly than some places but I usually don't mind paying a little extra as I love them so much and each product feels like a treat.
The idea with these bath melts is that you just drop them into a warm bath, where they melt into the water, releasing their fragrance and softening the water.
When this bath melt dissolves, it turns the bathwater a milky colour and there is a slightly frothy residue on the surface. It doesn't create any bubbles but does smell nice. Having said that, I did find the fragrance to be a little disappointing, it is a combination of vanilla, almond oil and lemon but didn't seem as strong as some of the Lush products that I have tried. It was lovely but there just wasn't enough of it and it didn't fill the whole room like I expected.
I was also a little disappointed by the water which seemed a little greasy. I have no doubt that it was moisturising my skin but didn't feel as nice as I had hoped.
I also found that when I got out of the bath, the vanilla scent didn't really cling to my skin like most Lush products do. Having said that, it certainly clung to the bath and I had to scrub it to get rid of the oily marks that were left behind!
Ingredients are as follows;
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Laureth 4, Perfume, Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Water (Aqua), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonicum vieill and Fusanus spicatus), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus ladaniferus), *Limonene}
*Occurs naturally in essential oils
I won't be buying this one again, it seemed like a lot of hassle for what should have been a relaxing bath and instead of feeling clean when I got out, I felt like I needed to shower all the greasy residue from my skin. I am awarding this one only 2 stars because they fragrance was nice!
So I am one of those people with an addiction to Lush products, however I do try to refrain from reviewing them as there's are so many reviews on here of Lush products, people must be getting sick of reading them! ;) There is a reason to the hundreds of reviews on Lush products, they are mostly brilliant products.
Lush do a good selection of bathing products, and I usually opt for the bubble bars and an occasional bath bomb. I'm a member of an online selling community where we trade or buy each others items, with it having a large number of female members we usually swap, sell and buy clothes and cosmetics for much cheaper than shop prices/eBay, and I always manage to get some good bargains here! One of them was the Floating Island Bath Melt.
One reason I haven't tried any of the bath melts before is they cost around £3, with this one costing £3.18 in Lush. Considering it's meant to be used in one bath I found this quite a price to pay for just one bath! However I didn't pay that much for mine, and I was eager to try this out as it's had some good reviews on here.
The appearance of floating island isn't anything special and in fact, looks like it's been made in a cake case as it's has quite a similar appearance to a cupcake with the top cut off! On the Lush website they appear quite yellow looking, but mine was rather brown/white in colour.
The floating island bath melt smells of vanilla with a hint of lemon, and I have to admit it did smell pretty great! Of course I may be biased in this opinion as I think ALL Lush products I have came across smell wonderful.
I set my bath running and dropped this in straight away so that it would be melted by the time I got in my bath. I didn't want to put it in to melt once the bath was run and then wait ages for it to melt! Lush do state that they advise people to leave this melt for a day when you want a nice long bath as it does take a while to melt!
My bath melt had fully melted by the time my bath was run and the water had taken on a milky appearance and the top of the water was coated in a slightly frothy appearance. My bath looked nice enough to get into, and I have tried a Lush bath bomb before which made the water resemble the colour of wee and kind of put me off....
Getting into the bath I must admit I couldn't smell the bath melt too strongly and so I was a bit disappointed, however I have a bad sense of smell as I'm always bunged up as I suffer from an unknown allergy 365 days of the year and despite taking tablets, I always feel slightly 'bunged up!' I think this may be true as later on after my bath someone went into the bathroom and stated that the bathroom smelt very nice and asked what it was! However I could get a slight smell from it, and so armed with my book, I settled down for a nice relaxing bath. I was pleased to notice there weren't any 'bits' of solid bath melt floating around, it had completely melted. During my bath I noticed my skin starting to feel nice and smooth, and the water was nice to lie in and relax, and get stuck into my book!
After my bath my skin did feel rather smooth and soft so I was very pleased with it. The bath melt contains Cocoa butter so this is probably the reason why my skin felt nice and soft! Draining the bath I was pleased to notice that it didn't require any extra cleaning than normal after a bath, and I have had some Lush baths where bits are left over in the bath but this wasn't the case with this bath melt.
The Floating Island Bath Melt is available from Lush.co.uk or from any Lush stores priced at £3.18. I recommend giving this one a go, but save it for a nice, long relaxing bath with plenty of time to spare, as it's not one to be used in a hurry!
Imagine this. You're wandering aimlessly around a strange city with nothing to do but shop. You've bought all of the shoes and clothes imaginable, but still, you're not satisfied. What do you do?
Option a) head to Lush to blow the rest of your money on beauty products?
Option b) head to a bar to blow the rest of your money on drinks?
Option c) do the smart thing and go back to the hotel, saving your money for another day?
Clearly, you do option a. Well, you do if you're a Lush-a-holic who needs to satisfy their craving for all things yummy. One of my purchases during this splurge was the Floating Island bath melt. Something I've used a few times and never got round to reviewing, so here I am reviewing it now.
The Lush website says "Slow melting sandalwood and lemon luxury.
Technically, islands don't float but let's not split hairs. Our Floating Island is a vanilla scented melt with a touch of reviving lemon which floats in your bath gradually dissolving, softening the water and smoothing your skin. It's a wonderful treat for a weekend bath when you can stay in there as long as you like, at least as long as it takes your Floating Island to melt, by which time you will feel so relaxed you won't even mind getting out."
Sounds gorgeous, doesn't it?
When you sniff it instore, it smells EXACTLY like the Lush Butterball - my favourite bath bomb - it's only when you get it home, out of the potion of scents that the store creates, that you can truly smell the Floating Island. Okay, it still smells like the Butterball, but with a tiny hint of lemon. It's one of those things that you could hold under your nose for hours just letting the scent drift up through your nostrils to relax you....is that weird?
To look at it, it looks like a white/pink cupcake with the top cut off. It looks white/cream instore and on the website, but in person, there is a slight touch of pink. Or maybe my eyes are just going funny? It has ridges all round it, just like a cupcake does. Size-wise, it's more like a big muffin, but you get the idea.
To use a bath melt, you just run yourself a bath, hop in and put the bath melt into the water, letting it melt into the water, leaving it all silky and luxurious. Depending on how quick you want your bath to be, how silky you want the water or how often you want to use the bath melt, you can cut it into pieces. I tend to cut them in half because a whole one takes forever to melt!
Half of the Floating Island will melt in around 10-15 minutes if you leave it to just float around you. Whilst melting, it releases a lovely aroma of vanilla and the lemon hint gets slightly stronger. I, personally, didn't notice any sandalwood oil, but then again, I have no idea what that smells like so maybe it was just me ignoring it. After it's fully melted, you're left with lovely, silky water which will look like milk (given you've used the whole melt) or watered down milk (using half of the bath melt). This can put some people off, but the way it feels on your body is so lovely that they don't care about laying in watered down milk.
So you've been in the bath for half an hour, read a few chapters of your favourite book, sipped on a glass of champagne and your candles are slowly burning out. You get out, towel yourself dry, put on your dressing gown and fluffiest slippers ready to hop into bed, but you stop. You can't help notice how soft your skin is. It smells of vanilla. It's silky smooth. It's glowing. It's perfect.
There's no need for lotion because it's all built into the bath melt and your skin is already amazingly touchable. All of this from this tiny little product. It truly is amazing!
To buy this, you'll have to fork over £3.18. Now, £3.18 is a bit steep for one bath if you were going to use these everyday, but cut it into two pieces, or four pieces, that's reduced the price tag on your bath a bit. These can be bought from all Lush stores and at lush.co.uk.
- decent price
- great availibilty
- leaves skin feeling amazing
- you feel like you're just out of the spa
- smells GORGEOUS
- leaves you wanting more
- you get so relaxed that you could fall asleep, drown in the bath and burn yourself on one of your candles that will fall in and land on you after all the water has evaporated. Okay, so maybe that would only happen in the worst case scenario.
This is one I definitely recommend to anyone, everyone and their dogs, cats, chinchillas, balooga whales and grannies.
Thanks for reading :)
After I had bought my floating island bath melt from Lush, I read two very different reviews about the product, on here and the Lush website. Due to this I wasn't sure what I was going to get from my bath melt, and I was saving it for a time when I knew I would be able to spend some time in the bath with a good book.
I struggle to just lie in the bath without reading a book as I get bored too easily, so this weekend when I was half way through a good book, I decided that it was time to test out floating island.
After checking out the website, I knew it was a good idea to run the hot water in the bath first, put floating island in the bath to encourage the melting process and then add the cold water to slow the process down, oh and so I wouldn't scald myself of course.
I found this way difficult to test the temperature of my bath water correctly, but through some gingerly toe dipping moments, I got the bath to the temperature I wanted.
Floating island doesn't look anything special when you see it on the shelf. It's cream in colour and has very tiny flecks of colour going through it.
Lush describe it as a floating sandalwood and lemon luxury. As I put my nose into it, I couldn't get any hint of lemon, and if I'm honest this is the main reason I bought it for the citrus aroma promise. There was a stronger smell of sandalwood, but it also reminds me of a musky spicy smell.
I wasn't overly impressed on first impressions but my hot water was run and it was time to set the island off.
I had watched on the website that the demonstrator held floating island and swirled it around the water. This started off the cloudy trail of the melting process. I decided to follow her advice and swirled it around my bath. A small trail of cloud started to follow the melt as I swished it around the bath.
I was a bit worried about letting go incase the island sank as I had previously read, but thankfully mine stayed afloat and bobbed around letting off a thicker trail of bubbles and oils.
With the cold water running, I hoped that my melt wouldn't melt too quickly. The website tells you that floating island is one melt that you should relax with and stay in the water for at least twenty minutes until the melt has gone.
I found it had melted within about five minutes but my water may have been too hot.
As my bath was the right temperature, I sat down amidst the white bubbles that were all over the surface of the bath. There weren't as many bubbles as a bath ballistic, but there was a generous amount all the same.
There was a nice aroma coming from the bath but again it was muskier than it was citrusy and that stayed throughout the bath, so suggestion to Lush for future use would be more lemon.
I noticed very quickly that the bubbles dispersed and left a film of white hue on the surface of the bath. These were the oils that were in the bath melt, and they felt lovely as the water lapped against my skin.
I sat happily reading my book in the bath for ages, and I'm not sure whether it was the book, or the oils in the bath melt of a combination of the two, but I haven't felt so relaxed in a bath for a long time. So much so I stayed in the bath until the water was too cold for me.
As for the aftercare of the melt, my skin didn't feel any softer due to the ingredients in the melt, but my brain had almost turned to mush and I was so sedated that it was a lovely feeling to go to bed so relaxed for a change.
For that reason I would happily pay the £3.19 for the bath melt and use it all up on one bath and not moan at the cost.
I had such a good night's sleep that night, and I can't wait for an occasion to try it again when I get around to ordering one.
This is highly recommended to any Lush fans and anyone who needs a relaxing hour in the bath. A list of ingredients included in the melt can be read on the Lush website.
I do enjoy a nice warm Lush bath and last night decided to use the Floating Island bath melt which I'd bought just after Christmas, I have not used a melt before so was curious as to what this would do for my skin that a ballistic wouldn't.
The instructions for Floating Island are a little more precise than other Lush products, you have to put your hot water in the bath and throw in the melt before adding your cold water. I presume this is so the hot water can begin the process of melting the Floating Island and the colder water will slow it down slightly allowing you to still have your island bobbing around in the water when you get in.
And this brings me neatly to Irritation Number One. The bath melt doesn't float, it sunk to the bottom of my bath and slowly fizzed away. This would have been fine if the melt had left the water clear enough for me to actually be able to see it there, as it was the water became so cloudy that I wasn't aware of the Floating Island until it bumped into my leg and scared me half to death!
This became Irritation Number Two! The cloudiness isn't particularly nice in my opinion, the water is turned a sludgy pink/purple colour which isn't nice to look at and although the bath smelled divine I wasn't really looking forward to submerging myself in water which looked as though I'd been soaking paintbrushes in it after painting with the most vile peach paint in the world.
The smell though is out of this world. It smells predominantly of vanilla, although this must be one of the synthetic perfumes added to the melt as there is no mention of anything vanilla in the ingredients list. There's also a very mild citrus aroma which serves to lessen the sweetness of the vanilla somewhat, the Lush website tells me that it's Lemon Oil which gives this bitter-sweet scent but I honestly would not have been able to put my finger on exactly what citrus was used without checking.
After it melted I noticed a thin layer of foam across the top of my bath water. This was quite a luxurious foam but I saw it was disappearing fast so the first thing I did was use this fragrant foam to wash with, it's extremely soft and rubbed well into my skin leaving it feeling soft and moisturised but without the sensation of having rubbed myself in goose fat as a lot of Lush products leave me.
The water felt a little softer than if I'd used a ballistic, but not as soft and silky as I'd expect from a bubble bar. I don't think this melt is very cleansing at all, after washing in the foam and soaking in the water for an hour I still found I needed to use by normal bar of soap to really feel squeaky clean.
The addition of lots of cocoa butter, sandalwood oil and almond oil makes this a very nourishing body product and my skin felt soft and supple after getting out of the bath. I didn't need to use any body lotion after bathing in Floating Island and I was left feeling relaxed and calm afterwards, presumably due to the aromatherapeutic benefits of the various essential oils used in its creation. The cocoa butter actually comes in little lumps inside the melt itself and they in turn melt into little brown puddles which float on top of the water, lovely while you're sitting in the bath but a little annoying a few minutes after getting out when I noticed the oil slick around the bath which would need a good clean!
Despite the few irritations regarding this bath melt I still enjoyed my bath and my skin was soothed and calmed after relaxing in the water for an hour, plus the lovely smell lingered for a long time both on my skin and in the air in the bathroom. However I have just had a look on the Lush website and seen that this melt costs an amazing £3.19 for one melt, granted the melt is quite large but this is extortionately overpriced for one bath and expensive even if you cut it up and get two baths out of it.